Ultimate Spain & Portugal

Classic, Lisbon to Madrid

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

As former imperial superpowers, Spain and Portugal have centuries of history and captivating culture to draw upon. You, on the other hand, have only 21 days. Make ‘em count! This comprehensive adventure across the Iberian Peninsula presents travellers with the chance to explore these two nations through their cuisine, architecture, and idyllic countryside. Here, you’ll wander the wondrous streets of Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona, and Madrid, step up into the Pyrenees, relax in glorious San Sebastián, and live the local culture alongside the locals themselves. Spain and Portugal: Europe’s greatest two-for-one deal!

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner, Barcelona Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal, Lisbon Your Hands-On Moment: Port Wine Cellar Visit, Porto Your Discover Moment: Barcelona Your Foodie Moment: Rioja Region Wine Tasting, Logroño
  • Lisbon orientation walk
  • Fado performance with traditional Portuguese dinner
  • Batalha gothic monastery entrance and visit
  • Porto orientation walk
  • Port wine cellars visit and tasting
  • Granada orientation walk
  • Albaicin quarter visit
  • Alhambra guided tour
  • Seville orientation walk
  • Flamenco show performance
  • Mezquita Mosque and Jewish quarter visit in Cordoba
  • Barcelona orientation walk
  • "Casa rural" stay with traditional meals (Pyrenees)
  • San Sebastian day trip
  • Wine tasting in the Rioja region
  • Internal flight (Porto to Madrid)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore moorish palaces and great iberian cities
  • Capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals
  • Devour tapas at a local haunt
  • Listen to fado music and learn to flamenco dance
  • Live like a local in a "casa rural" in the pyrenees
  • Experience the basque way of life

Itinerary

Lisbon Arrive at any time.
Lisbon Enjoy a CEO-led orientation walk of Lisbon. The rest of the day is free for exploration. In the evening enjoy a Fado night and traditional Portuguese dinner in one of Lisbon's oldest neighbourhoods.
Lisbon/Coimbra Leave Lisbon behind and head north to the small hill town of Batalha, best known for its ornate gothic monastery built to commemorate Portugal's victory in the infamous battle of Aljubarrota. Visit the historic Monastery of Batalha with free time to wander the grounds. Continue to the medieval capital of Portugal, Coimbra.
Coimbra Enjoy a free day to explore Coimbra. Opt to visit the famous Coimbra University, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013 (and also the inspiration for Harry Potter's Hogwarts). Explore the winding streets and the riverfront filled with restaurants and bars, or opt for a day trip to the nearby coastal town of Aveiro or the pilgrimage sites of Fátima.
Coimbra/Porto Continue to the historic and vibrant coastal town of Porto in the morning, and take an orientation walk upon arrival.
Porto Free day to explore Porto. Opt take a cruise down the Douro Valley, or explore the city which gained UNESCO World Heritage designation in 1996. In the evening enjoy a visit to the port wine cellars and tasting.
Porto/Madrid Catch an early morning flight to Madrid. Arrive mid morning with the rest of the day to explore Madrid at your own pace.
Madrid Enjoy a full day to explore this bustling capital. Discover Plaza Mayor or opt to visit the famous Royal Palace. Indulge in delicious Spanish tapas or get your art fix at the Prado Museum.
Madrid/Granada Journey south to Granada. Upon arrival enjoy an orientation walk. Wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin; with its narrow lanes and fantastic views, it's a great place to watch the sunset.
Granada Enjoy a guided visit to the architectural masterpiece, the Alhambra. In the evening, opt to go for a stroll and check out the local tapas and wine bars.
Granada/Cordoba/Seville Travel to Seville via picturesque Cordoba. Go for a stroll through the historic Jewish quarter and visit the iconic Mezquita de Cordoba (mosque). In the early evening, continue towards Seville and end your day with a dramatic flamenco performance.
Seville Spend a day enjoying this city and its Moorish influence. Opt to explore the district of Santa Cruz, the Alcázar palace or the world's largest Gothic cathedral.
Seville/Barcelona Hop on the train and get comfortable on the journey north to Barcelona. Take an orientation walk, including visits to the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. In the evening participate in a G Adventures supported tapas cooking class served and prepared by migrant students followed by a group dinner to round out the day.
Barcelona Get out and explore all that Barcelona has to offer, or choose to journey further afield to the surrounding beaches and countryside to get a true taste of Catalan life.
Barcelona/Pyrenees Take the morning to explore beautiful Barcelona. Head to the Pyrenees region for 2 nights in a 'casa rural'. Enjoy home-cooked meals and hiking.
Pyrenees Enjoy the day in the scenic Pyrenees. Opt for some hikes in the area or head to Ainsa to explore. Spend another night in the 'casa rural'.
Pyrenees/Bilbao Travel to Bilbao, the first stop in the unique Basque region of Spain. Arrive in the early afternoon. Opt to visit the stunning Guggenheim Museum, or climb the Mallona Stairs to Parque Etxebarria for beautiful views over the city.
Bilbao/San Sebastian/Bilbao Take a day trip to San Sebastian. Opt to take a pintxos (tapas) tour and learn about the fascinating culture of the area. Return to Bilbao for the night.
Bilbao/Logroño Travel to Logroño and enjoy an included wine tasting in the Rioja region.
Logroño/Madrid Travel to Madrid and enjoy free time in this capital city.
Madrid Depart at any time.
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